Volume 75, Number 11 | August 3 - 9, 2005
Dorms kosher: Following up on last weeks Scoopy item about Gregg Singers latest plan for his dorm project at the old P.S. 64 on E. Ninth St., a source from Chabad of Gramercy Park confirmed to us that they have been in negotiations with the developer. We want to create a school and an opportunity for housing the students, said the source, requesting anonymity. Asked if he could detail the project, he said, Right now, the project is to create tolerance. However, he did say the Chabad project at 19 stories and 222 units would help continue the neighborhoods gentrification, in a positive sense. Its a different community now, he said. If our project happens, its going take it to another level
. If one person has to have a little obstructed view from a penthouse apartment, youre telling me this project to house students is no good? He said Singer is just trying to do something beneficial for the neighborhood but has been unfairly vilified.
Keeping neutral: In the interest of neutrality, Maria Passannante Derr, the new Community Board 2 chairperson, as a policy is not going to vote on any matters before the board, but will abstain, which is in fact equal to a No vote. In the case of a tie, though, she will cast the deciding vote.
East side story: Congressmember Carolyn Maloney planned to endorse Scott Stringer for Manhattan borough president on Wed., Aug. 3, at a Stuyvesant Town press conference. The endorsement comes as a blow to Eva Moskowitz, the East Side councilmember who got her start in politics managing Maloneys 96 reelection campaign. Brice Peyre, a Stringer volunteer and executive member of the Lexington Democratic Club, which endorsed Stringer, called it a major inroad on the East Side for West Side Assemblymember Stringer.
St. vinny plans: At last months C.B. 2 meeting, board member Dr. John Maggio of St. Vincents Hospital gave a brief overview of the hospitals situation after its recent bankruptcy declaration. What does this mean for the continued health care of Greenwich Village? Not much, Maggio told the board. He said the hospital may sell or rent out its OToole building, a former maritime union building, on Sixth Ave. and may convert buildings it owns on Sixth Ave. between 15th and 16th Sts. and on 12th St. to rental apartments. In general, Maggio said, the current thinking is there are too many hospital beds in Manhattan, and that two Manhattan hospitals will probably close next year.
Knock em, sock em: The latest word from our sources keeping tabs on the petition challenges in the Second City Council District primary race is that not everyone who was challenged has been knocked off. Claudia Flanagan and Manuel Cavaco have been knocked off the ballot; Flanagan reportedly was 300 signatures short of the required 900 after the Coalition for a District Alternatives challenge, while Cavaco only had 75 to begin with. Flanagan has reportedly thrown in the towel and will not fight the Board of Electionss verdict. Michael Lopez reportedly just needs seven more valid signatures and plans to go to court to fight to stay on the ballot. Reverend Joan Brightharp hallelujah! is on the ballot. Meanwhile, Mildred Martinez remains on the ballot, despite CoDAs challenge, because, according to a source, CoDA apparently mailed its booklet for the challenge to the wrong address. As a result, Martinezs petitions will be gone over line by line by a State Supreme Court referee at Elections starting on Thursday.
Hes our guy! Darren Bloch was endorsed last Thursday by the League of Conservation Voters in the race for the Second City Council District. Marcia Bystryn, N.Y.L.C.V. executive director, said, Darren Blochs environmental platform and complete understanding of the issues makes him an ideal candidate for the N.Y.L.C.V. endorsement. The residents and communities of the Second Council District will be well served with Darren Bloch as their next councilmember.
Hes not our guy! City Council candidate Michael Beyss campaign wanted to clarify to us that Allen Bortnicks role with Beyss campaign is over: Bortnick was hired to coordinate a portion of Mikes petition drive
for the September primary, Beyss campaign manager said. With the petitioning process complete, he is no longer part of the campaign and is not authorized to make statements on behalf of the campaign.
Ballad goes on: Karen Kramers The Ballad of Greenwich Village is having an extended run at the Quad cinema on 13th St. the only theater where its currently showing and will now be held over at least until Aug. 10.
park stuff: Warner Johnston, a Parks Department spokesperson, tells us that The Alamo cube sculpture removed from Astor Pl. in March for repairs, is getting an extra dose of renovation thanks to additional funds from the city Department of Transportation. The sculpture is on D.O.T. property but Parks has expertise with sculptures. Were very excited about this. We will do a complete restoration, Johnston said, taking it apart, replacing the axle, ball bearings. Its actually going to be spinnable and will be back in a couple of months. The original estimate for the renovation was 60 days
. On another park-related issue, the article in last weeks Villager about a 13-year-old skateboarder getting $1,100 in fines from undercover officers for skateboarding in Union Square incorrectly identified the officers as police, when, in fact, they were Park Enforcement Patrol officers. Asked if its was typical to issue such large fines, Johnston said the department was still conducting an internal review of the matter and that he had no comment.
Barbara, Barbara: A June 13 article on an exhibit on the 50th anniversary of the Public Theater incorrectly referred to Barbara Harris, who is an actress, as having been Joe Papps devoted secretary. It was Barbara Carroll, now a theatrical P.R. person, who was Papps devoted secretary. The articles author, Jerry Tallmer, apologizes to both women for the error.
Oops: An item in Scoopys last week reported that Bob Rinaolo of Community Board 2 had bought the W. 12th St. building home to the Beatrice Inn for $200,000. If this deal sounds too good to be true, it was. Our source tells us the $200,000 was just to buy the goodwill and name of the famed restaurant but the rest of the building cost more.